Deriving its name from the German word Glück meaning happiness or good fortune, Glook the Sky Lounge is just that. With Kolkata’s IT hub and business centre of Rajarhat or New Town as its immediate neighbour, Glook The Sky Lounge has swiftly gone up the popularity quotient within a few days of its opening. The most important thing being now people staying or working in New Town do not have to rush to central Kolkata to party.
Although Glook was preceded by another fine sky lounge not far away, “it is not often that you go to a star property for a quick round of after-office drinks with colleagues,” said Vikram Singh who had dropped by with his work buddies.
To keep everyone happy, it is divided into three separate zones - an indoor section, the terrace, and a banqueting area - the most popular being the alfresco area with its cabana style seating. By day, the terrace was stark, offering a bird’s eye view of the sprawling township below. After dark, the subdued coloured lights gave a dreamy feel to the place. The distant lights of New Town sparkled like golden points. With a clear sky, you may also catch a sight of the glowing Eiffel Tower, a 55 meter high replica of the famous monument installed in the Eco Park. On one side of the open-air seating area was a waterfall. On another wall was a giant television screen. Adjacent to the terrace was the banquet hall, with its glass windows overlooking a part of the cityscape below. The banquet hall had a separate entrance too so that patrons enjoying the lounge were not disturbed.
The spacious covered area was divided into several compact zones, each with a different type of seating, from long u-shaped sofas to chairs and tables. The décor of the covered lounge was largely earthy brown, with touches of green on the wall. “We have consciously kept the décor understated so that patrons are not distracted,” said Aayush Agrawal, owner and director of Glook. “People’s perception of places has evolved. Millennials want a relaxing and cosy setting instead of a formal arrangement.”
The bar, sporting another large television screen above it, ran along one side of the room. The lounge area in front of the bar can also be converted to a dance floor. Two mezzanine seating areas, called the Nest, was just right for groups who would love to enjoy a hookah or settle down for a cosy party. While a foosball table divided two seating areas, the DJ console was positioned halfway up the staircase to the Nest.
Although its bar license was pending during the time of my visit, the mocktails and food menu appeared to continue with the diverse theme of trying to please every palate. There was an eclectic mix of Continental and Asian (including Indian) dishes. If you are looking for a filling but light meal, there are sandwiches, baos and dimsums. After a comforting cold Gazpacho soup, we snacked on a plate of crispy nachos loaded with vegetables and served with a dip, and followed it up with a Karari Manda, which at first glance looked like a huge mushroom. This crispy bread, a cousin of the rumali roti, was served with garlic and sour cream dip. “We had to spend a lot of time perfecting this,” said Agrawal, a tad proud of his chef’s skills. Next on our menu was butter garlic prawns, which I could not taste because of health issues but the way these were devoured by my companions left me in no doubt about its taste. Vegetarians must try the Zafrani Paneer Tikka. Other dishes, including Spaghetti Agli Olio, Gondhoraj Kathi Murg, Murgi Tramfrado, etc. followed in quick succession. Each dish standing out for their taste and presentation. By the time it was time for desserts, we had thrown up our hands. But can you really say no to something as exotic as Litchigulla?
Next we are going on a weekend to enjoy the DJ night.
Information: Glook the Sky Lounge is located on the fifth floor of Pride Plaza (the same building as Basera Banquets) in New Town, Rajarhat, on the eastern fringe of Kolkata. It is open noon to midnight.
Glook the Sky Lounge, BG 12, Action Area 1B, Newtown, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700156. Tel: 033 6607 4269.